Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talked for about 45 minutes on a wide range of topics during his end-of-the-season press conference this afternoon.
Much of the discussion of course centered around quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and how he feels about his quarterback position moving forward.
Carroll again stood behind Jackson, commending him for playing through the pectoral injury, and stating that he will be the leader at the position heading into training camp, but that he will have to compete for the job.
“We’re going to take a look at every opportunity, just like we always have,” Carroll said. “Every single time we go down the road here, when there’s an opportunity we’re trying to get ahead of it, anticipate what’s going to happen and see what we can do and compete our tails off so that we can take full advantage of those opportunities. So we’ll just see what happens, as with all positions.”
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So is there a chance that Jackson is the backup heading into training camp?
“There’s chances for everything to happen, “ he said. “If you want to write it that way you can. He’s our leading guy, and he’s the No. 1 guy in our program, and that’s all we have right now. And that’s where we are. And it’s the same at everybody else’s spot.
“But we’ll compete at all spots. So I just want to be very clear to you so that there’s no misunderstanding that that’s the theme of this program is competing, and that mean’s you’re always looking to get better.”
There’s a lot of news to sort through that I’ll mete out throughout the week, but here are some tidbits.
* Receiver Sidney Rice will have shoulder surgery for a torn labrum that he suffered during training camp sometime this week. Rice had played with the injury most of the season, but was placed on the season-ending injured reserve because of reoccurring concussions with about a month left in the season. Carroll said Rice will have a three-to-four month recovery and should be ready for the beginning of offseason workouts on April 16.
* Cornerback Richard Sherman will have arthroscopic knee surgery which is viewed more of a clean-up, and should be ready for Seattle’s offseason program.
* The Seahawks signed seven players to futures contracts, including defensive end Pierre Allen, linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerback Coye Francies, defensive end John Graves, cornerback Jesse Hoffman, tight end John Nalbone and offensive guard Brent Osborne.
* Of the players on the injured reserve list, only James Carpenter is in jeopardy of missing the beginning of training camp because of ACL knee surgery, which takes about nine months to recover from.
* Carroll confirmed that Jef Ulbrich has taken a job as a special teams coach with Jim Mora at UCLA, and that assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus is returning to his alma mater to coach offensive line at Illinois.
* In terms of free agency, Carroll said the team’s first priority is to take care of his players who will be free agents first.
* Carroll also took responsibility for the team’s issue running the 2-minute offense at the end of games, stating that they didn’t work on it enough at practice.
* Carroll said the development and play of young quarterbacks coming out of college, including Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton has changed his opinion on young quarterbacks having success right out of college.
* In terms of the development of his team, Carroll said they need to get faster at linebacker, increase the pass rush both on the edge and in the interior, and add some playmakers on offense, including a receiver and a running back.
* Carroll said that Ricardo Lockette will get an opportunity to compete for a receiver spot, one of several guys that will get a chance to compete or a job opposite Sidney Rice.